The politics of reform in Myanmar

This research project considers the politics of reform in Myanmar – specifically, the factors that drive and constrain economic reform. It is being carried out in partnership with the Mekong Business Initiative, a DFAT and Asian Development Bank programme promoting private sector development in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. We will also be conducting parts of the research with Oxfam Myanmar. The research project aims to uncover lessons for external actors seeking to support reform in Myanmar and beyond.

The project will initially examine specific recent reforms in Myanmar, including telecoms reform and the reform of the investment law. We are also interested in looking more broadly at the use of public consultation processes – something that has emerged as an important and surprising feature of Myanmar’s reforms.

This project is closely related to the research on Politics, bureaucracy, and business

DLP researchers: Niheer Dasandi and David Hudson

Related blog post: Positive deviance and Myanmar's telecoms revolution

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